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The Avatar will have his crucifixion. But his work must go on. That is the Divine Will. On February 12th and 15th, 1957, Baba touched the feet of 800 poor people at Meherazad and gave each of them prasad of sweets and clothes. Soon afterwards, he visited Sakori and Poona where he gave darshan to thousands of people who had assembled there. The strain was immense, often painful and at times he had to move on crutches and at times had to be carried in a chair.
In the meantime, in September 1956, Meher Baba's book God Speaks was released in America. It outlined the theme of creation and its purpose. As to what it meant to readers, the words of Dr. W.Y. Evans?Wentz stand out: "No other Teacher in our own time or in any known past time has so minutely analyzed consciousness as Meher Baba has in God Speaks .... (This) enlightening treatise adds much to the sum total of learning and contributes incalculably to the enrichment of mankind ...."
On September 8,1957, Baba distributed sweets to 32 men who were present at Meherazad and remarked, "Let me sweeten your mouths before I make you swallow some bitter pills." Baba said, "I am no saint. Because I am Beyond, I am therefore beyond all saints. The world, once it knows who I am, will understand then what I want you to understand now - that from the beginningless beginning, I am the Ancient One, immutable and eternal. You may whole?heartedly believe me to be the Avatar; but belief, however deep, does not amount to absolute conviction ...."
Here D. interjected, "There is no question of conviction for those of us who have accepted you once and for all - because our acceptance is absolute." Baba continued, "It is all for the best if that acceptance remains unshaken under all circumstances. The world in general accepts the existence of God, without caring overmuch about the reasons for doing so. It is a fact, also, that there are a few in the world who do see God as He is to be seen, and fewer still who know God as He really is to be known." Baba warned his disciples of a 'dark cloud' hovering over the world and asked them to hold fast to his daaman.
Meher Baba at Guruprasad, Pune, 1965.
In February 1958, Baba held a sahavas for his Eastern lovers and in May went to Myrtle Beach again to be with his Western lovers. Before leaving for the West, he had given a message: "This sahavas will be unique in the sense that you will witness and share my present universal suffering by being near me as my fortunate companions - being with the Ancient One, who will be completely on the human level with you. It will be helpful to all participating in the sahavas to know of the hint I have given to those living with me - reminding them of my 'declaration' wherein I stated that my glorification will follow my humiliation, pointing out that this period of my sahavas will fall within the orbit of my universal suffering and helplessness .... I may give you more, much more, than you expect - or maybe nothing, and that nothing may prove to be everything. So I say, come with open hearts to receive much or nothing from your Divine Beloved. Come prepared to receive not so much of my words but of my Silence." All who came for the sahavas stayed with Baba all the time; their allegiance to him was total, their obedience explicit. It was a very special sahavas packed with discourses and messages, explanations and dialogues. In early June Baba visited Australia and returned to India after a short stay there.